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Overview (4)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (throat cancer)
Birth NameAnne Mobley
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American character actress Anne Ramsey was quite busy in the 1980s despite being in her later years at the time. It wasn't until quite late in her life that Ramsey pursued an acting career in motion pictures.

Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska, to Eleanor (Smith), a national treasurer of the Girl Scouts, and Nathan Mobley, an insurance executive. Her uncle was U.S. Ambassador David S. Smith. Ramsey attended Bennington College and was active in numerous on- and off-Broadway productions. After her marriage to actor Logan Ramsey, the couple formed Philadelphia's Theatre of the Living Arts. It was in the early 70s that Ramsey began her lengthy career into films. In 1971, she starred opposite her husband in The Sporting Club (1971) and then settled into small bit parts. However, she was eventually noticed for her trademark brusque, gruff womanly roles, after which she received more offers for films, notably Goin' South (1978), Any Which Way You Can (1980), The Goonies (1985) and Deadly Friend (1986). Unfortunately, by the mid 1980s, Ramsey discovered she was suffering from throat cancer and was forced to have parts of both her tongue and jawbone removed. Showing no sign that her cancer was slowing her down, she received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Danny DeVito's mean mother in the film Throw Momma from the Train (1987). She continued to work until just months before her death in 1988.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Blythe379@cs.com

Spouse (1)

Logan Ramsey (26 June 1954 - 11 August 1988) (her death)

Trivia (7)

Following the death of their own mother ("Mom always liked you best!"), the Smothers Brothers chose Anne Ramsey to receive the flowers and honors on their Mothers' Day show.
Died just six months after receiving her Oscar nomination for Throw Momma from the Train (1987).
Appeared with her husband, actor Logan Ramsey in The Sporting Club (1971), The Law (1974), Blind Ambition (1979), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Say Yes (1986), Scrooged (1988), Doctor Hackenstein (1988) and Meet the Hollowheads (1989).
Daughter of a successful insurance executive and his wife who was a descendant of the Pilgrims, she attended exclusive schools in Connecticut and made her debut the same season as Jacqueline Bouvier, the future Mrs. John F. Kennedy.
Though she played the elderly mother of Danny DeVito's character "Owen" in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Ms. Ramsey was actually only fifteen years older than DeVito.
Daughter-in-law of Lt. Commander Logan Ramsey.
She is one of three people that the movie Scrooged (1988) was dedicated to.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on her Oscar nomination for Throw Momma from the Train (1987)] It means a little bit of acceptance after a long attempt to get here, but that doesn't mean I'm "here" at all, I've got a lot more to do.
Some people say I'm not a very pretty woman, but I'm a very beautiful woman inside.
[on her role as Momma in Throw Momma from the Train (1987)] My own mother was ill late in her life and became irritable and impatient. She was very demanding and I found some elements in her for Momma. But I've never known anyone as rude and awful as Momma Lift. So I made her a composite of some of the traits I saw in women when I was younger and used to people-watch in Grand Central and Pennsylvania stations in New York. Of course it was an unflattering role, but audiences love her. And I got all my hostilities out playing the character.

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